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[review] Joyo Ironman Blue Rain - Overdrive (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] Joyo Ironman AT Drive - OverDrive (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] Hotone Audio British Invasion - Nano Amplifier Head (by rlm)

Hotone Audio

Hotone is a fairly new company in the FX and amplification world. The company is based in Hong Kong and started developing guitar effects in 1996. Their current product lineup can be divided into two production series. On one hand there is the Skyline series, on the other hand the Nano Legacy series.

The Skyline series consists out of 14 small stompboxes covering the most important aspects the modern guitarist needs on a pedalboard from a tuner to overdrive/distortion to modulation, synths and delay.

Hotone Nano Legacy Amps

The Nano Legacy series is a line of small solidstate amplifier heads for guitar and bass and one cabinet. The heads are based on legendary amps like the Vox AC30, Marshall Plexi Super Lead, Mesa Boogie Rectifier and the Ampeg SVT.

[review] Simble Overdrive (by rlm)

Simble

The Simble is made by Lassi Ukkonen, a Finnish guitar and amp tech. After having his way with a dumble amp for a while, he finally found the solution to get that sweet, praised, overdriven sound of the Dumble amps in a small stompbox. The result is the Simble overdrive. The pedal is built and distributed by Mad Professor, the well known Finnish effect and amp brand.Simble Overdrive

The Look

The pedal has a wooden thing going on, although it's just a print on a metal chassis. To be honest, it's not really my cup of tea, but there's no accounting for taste...

When active, a white LED is lit and it runs on 9V batteries or 9V/12V adapter. There is, however, no change in tone when using a 12V instead of 9V adapter.

[review] Dimmed Light Devices Odysseus - Radio Tube Overdrive (by Bieke)

Nothing escapes the pedal radar of Effects Database. I received an unopened box from Bart and he said : there's a pedal in it you might want to try. A handmade pedal, crafted at the foot of the Alps in Germany by Wolfgang Schwab, creator of Dimmed Light Devices...

Dimmed Light Devices Odysseus - Radio Tube OverdriveThe looks

Upon opening the box, indeed a pedal revealed itself. A kind of odd looking orange pedal, housed in a sort of transformer casing, a bit like the old Italian Mr. T pedals. But this time, it’s the DLD Radio Tube OD, with 3 controls for Level, Fuzz and Color. An orange on/off switch and a true bypass footswitch to engage the effect, In-and outputs on either side and a 9V positive center adapter plug on top. The pedal is fitted onto a baseplate made of perspex wood.

[review] Caline CP-20 Crazy Cacti (by Bieke)

Caline

Caline is another Asian brand, much like Joyo, NuX, Biyang, Mooer, Donner, ENO, DrJ and the likes, making mostly clones of classic pedals and sometimes try something different as well. Whereas the Asian competition at least try to offer something special and seek to establish some kind of indentity in the market, Caline sort of takes a no nonsense approach. The Caline pedals have no flashy paint jobs. Caline sticks to making basic effects, nothing fanciful.

So I got a Crazy Cacti pedal from Bart to try and review, I was a bit reluctant to give it a try, just from looking at it, I did not expect much.

[review] Mooer Audio Baby Tuner (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

The Mooer Baby Tuner, well yes, is a tuner pedal...

[review] Mooer Audio SkyVerb (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

The Mooer Sky Verb as the name suggests is a digital reverb. Another new and original addition to the ever expanding line of Mooer pedals (I lost count). Brilliant, lush reverb effect is what Mooer promises. Does it deliver?

[review] Mooer Audio MPH1 Ninety Orange - Analog Phaser (by Bieke)

Mooer Audio

There is no way around it. Mooer pedals have earned their spot in the mainstream market with an abundant line of affordable mini pedals. It is a well known fact that a lot of Mooer pedals are clones of classic circuits. The usual suspects such as Ibanez, Electro-Harmonix, Boss, MXR, Digitech, Fulltone, all have been given the Mooer treatment. Mooer offers a cost friendly alternative and makes gigworthy pedals, well worth checking out, even for the more demanding players.

Ninety Orange Analog Phaser is another obvious clone from Mooer. The Ninety Orange pedal is a phaser that replicates the classic MXR 90 phaser sounds.

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